Carlo Ancelotti says he isn't concerned right now about how the Premier League should proceed if the Coronavirus pandemic causes further disruption to the season, saying that people's health is of paramount concern.
Speaking in the Italian media, the Everton boss explained that Everton's team as a whole is not currently in self-isolation but he was passionate in his view that the UK needs to take the situation seriously in view of what is happening in his own country.
“The Premier League did stop eventually, and it's about time,” Ancelotti told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “It was the right decision faced with the scenario. We couldn't continue. Health is the most important thing for everyone: teams, fans, media, everyone who works in football.
“In theory, we ought to get back to work on March 22, but if the situation in general should worsen, how can we even think of that? If the Coronavirus is still spreading rapidly, football cannot resume.
“To be perfectly honest, I am not interested [in how the Premier League should be decided],” Ancelotti when asked what should be done if the season can't continue. “Football counts for zero right now and it almost irritates me to be talking about it, faced with the tragedy that is unfolding in front of our eyes. This is a pandemic, a situation none of us had experienced before now.
“The number of deaths in Italy is terrible. In one day, another 250 people died. The priority is to concentrate on this fight, the rest doesn't matter.
“Italy was forced to understand that it was time to stop being superficial, they had to respect the orders and stay home, to respect themselves and others during this war.
“I watched Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech on TV and it seems to be someone here hasn't realised the gravity of the situation. Life continues as normal, to a certain degree.”
Everton closed Finch Farm, Goodison Park and their headquarters at the Royal Liver Building yesterday after one of their players reported symptoms that might be consistent with COVID-19 but Ancelotti reported good news on that front.
“We're not really self-isolating at all,” he said, “but some prevention measures did come in after a player had a fever, but his temperature has dropped now and that's the most important thing.”
Quotes sourced from Gazetta dello Sport via Football Italia
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1 Posted 14/03/2020 at 17:03:34
2 Posted 14/03/2020 at 18:10:15
3 Posted 14/03/2020 at 19:09:18
I am still astonished that the Wednesday Champions League game at Anfield was allowed to go ahead, especially given that Madrid is the epicentre of the Spanish outbreak.
Government really needs to get its act together with sensible and prompt control measures instead of the usual bullshitting they do.
4 Posted 14/03/2020 at 19:11:12
The only concern now for the country is minimising the death toll of this virus. If the season is cancelled and having no football matches contributes towards achieving that, its a small price to pay.
5 Posted 14/03/2020 at 19:13:58
6 Posted 14/03/2020 at 19:34:35
This virus will be around next winter unless a vaccine is found. I wonder how much money is currently being poured into labs around the world by all those corporations who love to sponsor sports? Millions, I suspect, as it's costing them right now... and will for a long time until that cure is found.
7 Posted 14/03/2020 at 20:46:23
I was hoping Carlo would relish the fight against the red army but any excuse to avoid defeat...
Okay, only kidding.... Gotchya!!!
Carlo is a classy act, unlike the German baffoon across the park, telling one of his own fans to fuck off.
When World War One and World War Two were declared, was it at season's end? Or, like now, was it suspended during the season?
8 Posted 14/03/2020 at 20:54:19
9 Posted 14/03/2020 at 21:02:05
This was foolishness on a spectacular scale and those in charge stand guilty of a charge of dereliction of duty. After having seen what's happened elsewhere why – why – was it considered reasonable to let such potential infection into our city?
Anyway, wise words as ever from Don Carlo and let's hope and pray Blues (and everybody else) everywhere stay safe.
By the way, I haven't been able to keep up on all the threads, could anyone please tell me how Mike Gaynes's family is bearing up? I understand they were actually in Wuhan when it all started. If you read this, Mike, God bless to you and yours.
10 Posted 14/03/2020 at 21:12:07
When World War One was declared, football just carried on for another full season (1914-15) and Everton became Champions.
Everton won the Football League (Division One) in 1938-39 and played three games in 1939-40, before all football was cancelled following the declaration of war in September 1939.
11 Posted 14/03/2020 at 21:19:58
12 Posted 14/03/2020 at 21:30:18
13 Posted 14/03/2020 at 21:32:08
Unfortunately, many will die in the process.
14 Posted 14/03/2020 at 21:42:38
15 Posted 14/03/2020 at 21:44:58
"They then become immune, then the virus dies."
It's important to understand that may not be true. Previous coronaviruses like SARS and MERS did not... repeat NOT... confer longstanding immunity. The human immune response to this bug is not yet understood, and the virus itself can mutate – in fact, it already has – enough to reinfect a previous patient. So it's entirely possible to recover from this thing and then get it again.
16 Posted 14/03/2020 at 21:47:43
I suppose we've all just got to look to wait and see how it all pans out; what else can we do? At least we have Boris to reassure us. Don't know about everyone else but I feel like a chicken reassured by Colonel Sanders.
17 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:00:15
That's a beauty. Mind if I use that one, Kev? I'll send you a check for royalties.
Unfortunately, the family have been told the lockdown will continue at least through the end of March. My wife may not make it home until May. (aaagggghhhh!)
18 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:01:41
I would like to take this opportunity to express my good wishes to you and your family. Eight weeks must seem like eight months in this worrying period for you. Here's hoping that you will be reunited soon.
19 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:08:41
20 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:12:05
21 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:15:02
22 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:16:39
Paul #19, yes, that's correct, but it will still be just as contagious. Even assuming the relapse is mild, the primary risk would be spreading it to others.
Many thanks, Kev and Tony. I'm pretty sure my wife is doing fine without me!
23 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:21:20
If they stopped the Madrid fans from coming over, then the game would have had to be played behind closed doors.
There was never going to be a scenario of not having Liverpool fans in the stadium, so they allowed the Madrid fans to travel to accommodate the Liverpool fans.
It backfired big time and no doubt it will escalate over the coming weeks on Merseyside.
24 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:22:36
25 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:29:10
26 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:38:57
In the meantime, we're left to cope with what the Madrid fans brought with them. Figure was 3,000 or so, yes? I'm no statistician but even a carrier rate of 1% would be enough to pass it on to many people here.
Totally irresponsible of the authorities. Bet they wouldn't have been as keen to have them round the Houses of Parliament or Buck House
27 Posted 14/03/2020 at 22:46:01
28 Posted 14/03/2020 at 23:57:41
Only a matter of time where we will be accountable for the assassination of JFK during our '63 title success.
29 Posted 15/03/2020 at 00:07:33
30 Posted 15/03/2020 at 00:31:06
I hear the next trials will be on Luis Suarez before human testing can begin.
31 Posted 15/03/2020 at 00:34:53
Maybe June 2021.
34 Posted 15/03/2020 at 12:34:55
Someone needs to tell Liverpool FC that.
There recent comments just show the arrogance of the club and their lack of sympathy for the horrendous situation we are all in.
The Madrid game should never have been played, clearly, and they now need to shut up.
35 Posted 15/03/2020 at 13:16:45
36 Posted 15/03/2020 at 14:09:32
37 Posted 15/03/2020 at 14:22:18
38 Posted 15/03/2020 at 14:28:34
39 Posted 15/03/2020 at 14:30:18
40 Posted 15/03/2020 at 15:58:05
41 Posted 15/03/2020 at 16:19:19
42 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:36:31
43 Posted 15/03/2020 at 17:36:32
44 Posted 19/03/2020 at 10:52:07
45 Posted 19/03/2020 at 18:55:23
46 Posted 20/03/2020 at 17:33:32
47 Posted 21/03/2020 at 09:05:21
48 Posted 21/03/2020 at 17:44:26
49 Posted 21/03/2020 at 18:19:54
If any political leader watches this video, and doesnt put us on lockdown, then Im afraid they are all contributing to something that is only getting worse, imo.
If we have learned nothing from the Chinese, then Im afraid we have learned even less from the Italians, and this is the most worrying thing of all.
Its not the people who are showing symptoms which are the problem, its the people who have no symptoms, so have no idea they are spreading the virus, and unless everyone is made to totally isolate, then its only going to get a lot worse before it gets better. So worrying.
50 Posted 21/03/2020 at 18:39:44
It is absolutely unbelievable and heartbreaking.
As for the crass comments of Andrew Heffernan. You are beneath contempt.
51 Posted 22/03/2020 at 12:14:12
52 Posted 22/03/2020 at 12:17:42
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